The Kalamazoo Cougars varsity boys started the season strong on Saturday with two wins over conference opponents MCAC (Michigan Christian Athletic Club) and Kokomo.
In their first game of the season, the Cougars came out of the gate quickly against MCAC and led 17-4 at the end of the first quarter. However, MCAC poured in shots from behind the arc to close the deficit to 24-18 by halftime.
After the teams traded blows in the third quarter, the Cougars blew the game open with dominant post play by sophomore forward, Pipo Hofstra, who ended the game with 21 points. Freshman guard Josh McDonald contributed 15 points and senior guard Isaac Geiger scored 7 as the Cougars garnered their first win, 54-35.
Against their afternoon opponent, the Kokomo Eagles, the Cougars used a balanced offensive attack to eventually overwhelm the Eagles. Although the score was 26-25 after two quarters, the Cougar halftime adjustments to their defense paid dividends. The Eagles were held to just 4 points in the third quarter and 5 points in the fourth quarter as the Cougars’ trapping zone forced turnover after turnover.
The Cougars won 63-34 and were led in scoring by 8th grade forward, Ty Rykse, who scored 13 and sealed the game with clutch threes in the fourth quarter. Pipo Hofstra scored 12 points and junior center Mike Janik scored 11. Junior forward Colt Logan
provided a strong boost off the bench as scored 6 and forced multiple turnovers.
The Cougars play their first home game on Tuesday against the Wyoming Warriors. Listen live to that game on Slocum Sports Network at 7:30 p.m., along with the girls’ varsity matchup at 6:15 p.m.